Tennis Jamaica disputes Azar’s claims

first_imgTennis Jamaica have responded to comments made by John Azar published in yesterday’s Gleaner.In the article, Azar contended that he was legitimately elected in the abandoned election and described the over-voting as a deliberate attempt by the administration to compromise the process.In a response via press release, Tennis Jamaica president, John Bailey, said the association “remains committed to proper governance of the association and an electoral process that is transparent and fair”.It also said it rejected Azar’s accusations.”With regards to the disputed ballots, neither Mr Azar nor the administration of Tennis Jamaica is in a position to establish which ballots were compromised, as the exercise was based on secret ballots that were not marked for identification purposes.”It added that affidavits from persons purporting to vote for Azar would be inadequate replacements for ballots that may be in dispute.”Persons may, for their own benefit, give incorrect or untruthful responses after the fact.”The releases added: “It is in the pursuit of this, that – after consultation with our board and taking advice from competent persons – we decided to go the route of holding fresh elections to secure a new administration, following the last exercise on November 19, 2015 which had to be terminated due to the action of some unscrupulous members. This, amid the fact that the methodology used then to govern the elections was the usual.”On that occasion, conducting a re-vote was not possible as the meeting had broken down and a number of members had left the premises.”Tennis Jamaica asserted that the current approach is one that it believed would satisfy the requirements of all “well-thinking members of the association and persons who love the sport of tennis.The release added that Tennis Jamaica had secured the services of Jamaica Olympic Association to organise and administer the fresh elections set for March “in a way to remove any doubt as to the integrity of the proposed elections”.last_img read more

Graduating is a family affair for mother and son!

first_imgThe Alcorn family from Dunfanaghy celebrated on the double at yesterday’s LYIT graduation ceremony – with both mother and son graduating together.Kathleen and Joshua Alcorn are both proud members of the Class of 2019 as they received their degrees on the same day.Kathleen received her Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting, while Joshua was conferred with a Bachelor of Arts in Animation. What a studious family! Congratulations Kathleen and Joshua.See more photos from the LYIT Graduations 2019 here: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2019/10/26/graduation-celebrations-for-lyit-class-of-2019-picture-special/Mum Kathleen was conferred with a Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting, whilst son Joshua was conferred with a BA in Animation. Photo Clive WassonGraduating is a family affair for mother and son! was last modified: October 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:lyit graduationslast_img read more

Prices could make significant moves following today’s report

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After the March 31 Planting Intentions report and Grain Stocks Report are published today the markets could be making significant price moves. Grain producers don’t want to see grain prices drift even more to the downside, away from highs seen in January and February. Following the March 9 monthly USDA Supply and Demand Report, corn and soybeans moved out of their sideways pattern as they reached levels not seen for several months. From March 9 to March 24, corn prices dropped 11 cents, soybeans fell 35 cents, while wheat was down 19 cents.Following the March 9 Supply and Demand Report, the market seemed to be in a void of news headlines that changed, bringing fresh news to the forefront. In the weeks following that report markets seemed to focus almost exclusively on grain supply and production. Demand mattered very little. Weekly grain export loadings and export sales with numbers above the high end of trade expectations provided zero price bounces higher as the numbers were quickly dismissed. Daily, record soybean yields and production in Brazil were on the minds of traders. It is no wonder that last month that USDA raised Brazil’s soybean production to 108 million tons, up 4 million tons from February. Additional increases will likely take place in coming months. It was also no surprise that Brazil’s corn production was increased 5 million tons to 91.5 million tons. It will be important to watch U.S. corn and soybean exports in coming months to see if USDA reduces them due to increasing exports from Brazil.Brazil continues to capture attention when it comes to talk of world grain production. For weeks, reports of fantastic soybean yields continue to be reported. Gone were the long lines of boats which in past years reached wait times of 60 days to queue up for loading. Also, gone was the shifting of boats to be loaded from the U.S. Gulf when Brazil was unable to meet their loading commitments in a timely fashion. That missing shift also meant soybean prices were not rallying due to Brazil’s ability to load boats on a consistent basis. Br-163 in Brazil has often been called the “soybean highway,” as it moves soybeans from the largest producing state, Mato Grosso. This heavily traveled road can often become clogged with thousands of soybean trucks headed north. The trip from farm to port and back will not permit several loads a day. Pack more than just your lunch. Bring your sleeping bag, and be ready to drive for many, many hours — a staggering length of 1,211 miles stretching from Rondonopolis in southern Mato Grosso to shipping ports in Santarem to the north on the Amazon River. That distance is comparable to driving from central Ohio to Denver. When Br-163 in Brazil experienced days of delays due to muddy conditions and thousands of trucks waiting their turn to get through the muddy mess, there was zero response by the markets. Why? Ports in southern Brazil loaded soybeans without a hiccup to the overall Brazil shipping schedule.The market will heavily focus on the March 31 Planting Intentions Report into April and beyond. U.S. corn acres will be down from last year as producers plant near 90 million acres. With U.S. corn yields above trend line levels the past three years, stocks are at record levels. Bottom line, for corn to rally, the U.S. corn yield needs some kind of weather event for the yield to fall below 165 bushels per acre. Such a yield would put corn ending stocks below 1.7 billion bushels. Last year, the U.S. corn yield was 174.6 bushels per acre. Currently 2016-17 US corn ending stocks are 2.32 billion bushels.The question looming large for soybean prices is this: how many acres are planted in the U.S. this spring? It will be record large and near 88.5 million acres or more. If acres exceed that number and summer weather lacks hot and dry conditions, soybean prices could fall below $8 by fall. In addition, U.S. soybean exports could decline an additional 25 million bushels or more in coming months due to increasing exports from Brazil.last_img read more

Back’s fine as Federer serves up warning to rivals

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Federer was struck down with back trouble last year when he lost to Alexander Zverev in the final of the Montreal Masters and subsequently withdrew from the Cincinnati Masters. But on the evidence of his form in the year’s opening Grand Slam in Melbourne, he looks back to his serving bestFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 36-year-old said the renewed freedom in his back was contributing to the improvement in his serving.“Just the back being fine again,” Federer said after beating Gasquet. Read Next Heat erase 5-point deficit in 34 seconds, stun Hornets FILE – Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves to the crowd as he leaves the court after losing to Belgium’s David Goffin during their men’s singles semi-final match on day seven of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 18, 2017.David Goffin won 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRKRoger Federer says he is regaining the rhythm and consistency of his silky serve following his recovery from a back injury as he steps up the defense of his Australian Open title.The Swiss maestro moved into the last 16 with a commanding straight sets win over Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Saturday with his serving game a feature.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “The problem is, when you have back issues, when you’re scared or you don’t have the confidence in your body.“It robs you by of say 20 or 30 percent of your capabilities maybe on that particular shot only, but it’s enough to make you almost half the player that you normally are.“Sometimes it takes time. When it hurts, it hurts. It’s just not point-for-point mentality because it’s difficult. Finally when you’re free again, you find better zones, more consistency.”Federer said serving consistency was a big thing in top-level tennis of fine margins between players.“Can you serve like this for five hours? That’s the goal. When you’re carrying an injury, clearly it’s tougher,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ “I think right now I’m fine again. Look, bad backs always come and go I think for all of us players.“You just have to deal with it as good as possible. You hope they don’t hit you at the wrong times, and that when it does hit you, you get over it very quickly.”Federer enters the second week of the Australian Open with a round of 16 encounter against erstwhile training partner, Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

PBA: San Miguel dumps Meralco for back to back wins

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO, Philippines – Displaying razor-sharp form for the second straight game, four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer scored a thorough 105-93 thumping of Meralco Friday night in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Ynares Center here.The Beermen peeled away from a tight first quarter with timely outside hits and the inside dominance of June Mar Fajardo and Christian Standhardinger as San Miguel climbed up in the standings at 2-1 while dealing the Bolts the second loss in three games.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ONE: Elias Mahmoudi, Hiroaki Suzuki pull off wins in Muay Thai Super Series Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Marcio Lassiter hit five triples on the way to 25 points, with Fajardo and Arwind Santos completing double-doubles with a combined 32 points and 21 rebounds.There were only three players in twin digits for the Bolts, who were led by the 13 points of John Pinto.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more